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Synopsis: Daniel Cooke's new text provides an innovative approach that makes the teaching of methods and mathematical tools employed in designing a language accessible to students. Although many professors find this material to be important, some limit the coverage of language design topics as a result of students' struggles with mathematics. The author covers material on language syntax, language semantics, and language translation in the first half of the book, while relying on the mathematics students have learned in their previous classes. He continues to draw on this material throughout the book as needed - after students have received the background they need in the formal underpinnings of all languages. The author presents paradigms and languages in the context of language design. For instance, in Chapter 5 he introduces imperative and procedural programming as the foundations of other languages, along with input/output, if and else statements, loop statements, and arithmetics. As new paradigms are introduced, he revisits these basic constructs and discusses the decisions to add, modify, and/or delete them based on the problem solving abstraction. As a result, students are better able to grasp new languages by understanding their unique features as well as features shared with other languages.
About the Author: Dr. Daniel Cooke serves as Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Texas Tech University. He recently completed an 18-month assignment with NASA, as Manager of their Intelligent Systems Program where he helped develop a 5-year, $320M national research initiative. Dr. Cooke led the effort to establish the technical content of the program, took it from formulation to implementation, and established the program office, which he headed at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Since 1990, Dr. Cooke has published more than 80 technical papers in the areas of computer language design and software engineering. He has served as PI or Co-PI on research grants totaling more than $8 million, edited special issues of many journals, edited a book on computer aided software engineering, and served as chair or vice-chair for 15 international conferences or workshops. He currently serves as the Formal Methods Area Editor of the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND KNOWLEDGE ENGINEERING and as the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Computer Languages. Dr. Cooke has been an American Electronics Association Fellow, a MacIntosh-Murchison Faculty Fellow, and held the MacIntosh-Murchison Chair in Engineering at University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP). In 1996, he was the recipient of the University of Texas at El Paso's Distinguished Achievement in Research Award.
Title: A Concise Introduction to Computer Language:...
Publisher: Course Technology
Book Condition: Fair
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